160584 Evaluation of the Wellness Peer Provider Program

Monday, November 5, 2007

Annette L. Amey, MS, PhD , Clinical and Community Health Programs, California Family Health Council, Inc., Berkeley, CA
Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH , Clinical and Community Health Programs, California Family Health Council, Inc., Berkeley, CA
The Wellness Peer Provider Program (WPPP) is a teen pregnancy prevention program by teens for teens which is centered on youth leadership and youth development. In this outreach and service delivery model, Peer Providers provide individual and group outreach in the community and health education and information services in the clinic to their peers. The program is unique in the high level of responsibility entrusted to the Peer Providers in planning and providing services to their peers. Funded by The California Wellness Foundation, the WPPP has been administered by the California Family Health Council, Inc. since 1996. As a requirement of the program evaluation, teens served through the program completed surveys at their initial clinic visit and follow-up visits. This paper will present data from surveys collected between 2002 and 2005 at baseline and follow-up visits (n=1,736). Analyses of changes between baseline and follow-up for condom use at last sex and adoption of hormonal methods will be presented. Significant differences by age and Latina ethnicity will also be examined.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify two challenges to evaluating peer provider programs to prevent teen pregnancy. 2. List two best practices for implementing an evaluation of youth sexual behavior change. 3. Determine whether significant changes in risk reduction between baseline and follow-up were achieved for this sample.

Keywords: Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Peer Counselors

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